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Kerry Klein

It’s Sunday morning in downtown Fresno, and a classroom full of 10-year olds is about to meet an important visitor: a 2-foot-tall, red and white robot. “Hello, my name is NAO,” says the robot, standing up on a table. He looks like a mix between a Transformer and a Power Ranger: big head, square shoulders, and what looks like thick gloves and boots. He can wave his arms, walk, dance, and blink his eyes—just like a tiny human. “I can recognize your face, answer questions, and even play soccer...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

When you think of California’s major technology centers, you probably think of Silicon Valley, or maybe even San Diego, but Fresno probably isn’t at the top of your list. Now there’s a group of local technologists who hope that soon that might change. Their vision for transforming the region with higher paying jobs is attracting national attention – including from James Fallows national correspondent for The Atlantic. James and his wife Deborah started writing about Fresno last year as part...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This is the second story in a two part series by Ezra David Romero about what some are calling a tech boom in Central California. In this story we talk Fresno, in the first piece we explore Google, drones and M erced . Just over a year ago a ragtag team of 20 something’s in Fresno got tired of meeting in bars and coffee shops to design websites, write code and dream of a thriving tech community in the Valley. “There’s a lot of stuff already happening, but why isn’t it in one place,” says Irma...

Downtown Fresno is just 163 miles from Mountain View, the heart of Silicon Valley and the home of tech giant Google, but in many ways it's a world away. But while the San Joaquin Valley may be known more for its produce than its programmers a local competition has been working for the past five years to change that. The event is called the 59 Days of Code, and the competition will conclude with a showcase event on Saturday at the Fresno Convention Center. And according to event organizers,...